Under Surveillance XVII: Emerging Infections in California

Please join us for our 17th annual symposium, Under Surveillance 2017: Emerging Infections in California. Presentation topics include Legionella, Candida auris, Emerging Tick-borne Diseases and CRE. This FREE event is designed for laboratorians, infection control practitioners, public health professionals, and nurses.

Online registration is now closed.  You can still register in person at 8:00AM on the morning of the symposium:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Scottish Rite Center, First Floor Grand Ballroom
1547 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA 94612



8:00am – Registration and Beverages

8:30am – Welcome and Opening Remarks
Arthur Reingold, MD
Co-Director, CEIP

Gretchen Rothrock, MPH
Associate Director, CEIP

8:40am – Candida auris: The Yeast that Breaks the Mold
Brendan R Jackson, MD, MPH

9:30am – Emerging Tick-borne Diseases in California
Kerry Padgett, PhD

10:20am – Break and Continental Breakfast

10:55am – Legionella Surveillance in California: Challenges and Opportunities
Seema Jain, MD

11:45am – Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae: Who is Reporting It and Why
Erica Pan, MD, MPH, FAAP

12:35pm – Q&A

12:45pm – Complete Evaluation

1:00pm – Adjourn

Symposium Overview

The California Emerging Infections Program is in its twenty-third year of conducting active surveillance for selected pathogens and related studies in the San Francisco Bay Area. The CEIP would like to take this opportunity to thank its many partners in clinical laboratories, infection control departments, local health departments, and the California Department of Public Health for their past and continued support and collaborative efforts.

This symposium will highlight recent emerging infectious diseases and issues in the San Francisco Bay Area, including those under surveillance by CEIP.


Brendan Jackson, MD, MPH
Dr. Jackson is a medical epidemiologist and lead of the CDC Mycotic Diseases Branch epidemiology team, which is dedicated to investigating and preventing a wide range of fungal diseases, including Candida auris. Dr. Jackson is board certified in internal and preventive medicine and, most importantly, is a California native. At CDC, he trained in the Epidemic Intelligence Service and worked on foodborne and waterborne diseases before focusing on fungal diseases.

Kerry Padgett, PhD
Dr. Padgett is a Supervising Public Health Biologist at the California Department of Public Health, where she supervises 15 biologists in a statewide surveillance program and laboratory for vector-borne diseases. She also supervises the statewide website and hotline for reporting dead birds as part of West Nile Virus surveillance. Her career has focused on elucidating the transmission, epidemiology and molecular ecology, primarily of tick-borne diseases. Dr Padgett received her BA from University of California, Berkeley and her PhD from University of California, Davis.

Seema Jain, MD
Seema Jain, MD is the Chief of the Disease Investigations Section for the Infectious Diseases Branch at the California Department of Public Health. As a medical epidemiologist and clinical infectious diseases physician, Dr. Jain has worked extensively in domestic and international public health, on a myriad of diseases including influenza and pneumonia, foodborne and waterborne infections, and other emerging infections. Dr. Jain completed an internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco, the Epidemic Intelligence Service Fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and an infectious diseases fellowship at Emory University. Prior to joining CDPH recently, Dr. Jain served as a medical epidemiologist at the CDC for ten years, and was most recently stationed in New Delhi, India.

Erica Pan, MD, MPH, FAAP
Dr. Pan is a Deputy Health Officer, and the Director of the Division of Communicable Disease Control & Prevention in the Alameda County Public Health Department. She is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She currently practices at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland in Infectious Diseases. Dr. Pan is board certified in both Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Pediatrics. She received her MD and MPH degrees from Tufts University School of Medicine, and completed her undergraduate education at Stanford University.

Continuing Education

This intermediate-level seminar is designed for laboratorians, infection control practitioners, public health professionals, and nurses.

Four (4.0) hours of CEUs for laboratorians are provided by Kaiser Permanente Northern California Regional Laboratory Accrediting Agency #0013, as approved by California State Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services Branch.

BRN CEUs are provided by Contra Costa Health Services. Continuing education units will be offered based on four (4.0) hours of instruction.


CEIP extends its most sincere gratitude to the laboratorians and infection control practitioners at its participating hospitals as well as our collaborators at Contra Costa Health Services, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Alameda County Health Department, and the Health and Human Services Department at the City of Berkeley for their continuing support of CEIP’s surveillance efforts.

CEIP is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fiscal sponsorship is provided by Heluna Health.



The California Emerging Infections Program is a project of Heluna Health. Funding for this conference was made possible by Cooperative Agreement #NU50CK000482 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the US Government.

We are happy to accommodate participants with special needs. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, please notify CEIP at least two weeks prior to the seminar by calling 510.350.3368.